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Miller: Lakers one step from being back in Ball game

By in Press Enterprise on May 17, 2017

By Jeff Miller

Hollywood’s team got a Hollywood ending Tuesday, an ending made even more theatrically brilliant in that it’s only a beginning.

The Lonzo Ball Era in Lakers lore took an enormous step toward becoming reality when the team won the NBA draft lottery … by finishing second.

Technically, the Celtics were the winners in New York City, Boston securing the No. 1 overall pick.

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But the Lakers, with the third-best chance to end up on top, jumped a spot, possibly putting them in position to select the player who, with his mere arrival, resurrected a college program no less storied than the one at UCLA.

Now, Ball can do the same thing with another broken but proud team desperate to return to a time of hoisting trophies and hanging banners.

And, even better for Lakers fans, that revving in the background is the sound of “Showtime II,” Ball now so, so close to restoring the old-school flash and blur to a Lakers brand turned helplessly bland.

On the fragile fate of some air-popped pingpong balls, this franchise finally, mercifully but — for now — only potentially re-discovered its footing.

I guess everyone can stop fretting over that five-game April winning streak, the worst stretch of best basketball the Lakers have played in years.

Those superfluous victories didn’t send this franchise into the dark and hellish abyss that awaited had the Lakers dropped […]    

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